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Okeechobee County and the City of Okeechobee have issued a county-wide burn ban effective immediately until further notice.  This burn ban prohibits burning of yard trash, and other types of fires such as campfires, bonfires, and burn barrels. For more information contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 863-763-5544 or Okeechobee City Fire Department at 863-467-1586.

NPDES Program

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Okeechobee County participates in the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program through cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  The NPDES program is a Statewide program that is intended to protect waterways from a myriad of potential pollutants. 

The  role of the County in the program is to engage in several key activites.  These involve:

1.) Public Education & Outreach;

2.) Encourage Public Inovlement and Participation;

3.) Engage in Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination;

4.) Establish minimum controls for Construction site stormwater control; and

5.) Engage in Best Management Practices to eliminate and avoid pollution associated with Municipal Operations.

If you would like to know more about the program, please visit the FDEP website at the following address: 
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/ 

If you observe activities in your neighborhood or the community that your are concerned might pollute downstream lakes, streams, or other waterways, please contact the Okeechobee County Public Works Department at 863-763-3515 and report the occurrence as a potential NPDES Stormwater violation.